The potato chip is definitely transnational. Since its invention in Saratoga Springs, NY in the 1850s, the humble potato chip has gained popularity across the world. Needless to say, as it has gone global, it’s picked up some pretty interesting taste combinations. The latest interesting twist on the plain old potato chip comes from India, and the multinational company, Lay’s.
These potato chips from India are called Mint Mischief and feature mint, lime and jalapeño flavors. They were brought back by a colleague of mine who recently went to India for a wedding. I was expecting the chips to be fairly spicy, but there is only a hint of heat. These chips were conundrum to my American palate, since Mint is usually associated with sweet and not savory (except mint jelly with lamb, I guess). If the mint had been substituted for cilantro, a more familiar Latin flavor probably would have registered. But in the end, I really enjoyed the mint mischief chips and their unique flavor combination. I don’t know where to get them in Chicago, so if you have a friend who is going to the subcontinent, ask them to stock up!